Limited time sightseeing

Old Dec 29th, 2015, 06:17 AM
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Limited time sightseeing

I will be travelling to Utah at the end of March for a few days to visit my son. We are staying near Salt Lake City. I have a couple of days for sight seeing. The Grand Canyon is too far (8+ hours) and from what I understand, Yellowstone entrances are closed. I want to see interesting rock formations, go star gazing, and maybe see some animals I can't see in Florida. I can handle light-moderate hiking if I use my walking stick. If I stay overnight, I need a cabin or hotel. Which are the best places to visit? Moab, Canyonlands, Arches, Zion, Bryce, others?
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Old Dec 29th, 2015, 06:32 AM
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Exactly how many days do you have for your sightseeing?
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Old Dec 29th, 2015, 10:01 AM
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You might also consider Capitol Reef National Park. I had never heard of it until last October's vacation in Utah, and both of us were blown away by it. Less than 4 hours to Salt Lake City (let's have some local Fodorites weigh in on that, though).

http://www.nps.gov/care/index.htm

If you go toward Moab, you could see Zion easily. That entire area is scenic, in and out of the park. A ton of movies were filmed in the area, and you can even visit a free museum at Red Cliffs Lodge (we stayed there). However, I think that end of March might be a busy time for the Moab area.
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Sorry - meant to say "Arches," not "Zion." Whups.
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Head for Moab and see Arches and Canyonlands. Both are more than worth the trip from Salt Lake City.

Do check when Jeep week is and try to avoid that.
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I'd also recommend Moab as long as it's not Jeep Week as emalloy has already mentioned.

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If stars are important, Cedar Breaks at 10,000 feet has the highest dark night location. Concern is snow cover in late March.

Alternate location is Bryce National Park
http://www.nps.gov/brca/planyourvisi...myprograms.htm

Both have free Ranger Star guide tours.

Call ahead for confirmation.

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PS. Last Oct we were at north rim grand canyon at about 8,000 feet with a dark sky. The "Milky Way' was so star-dense it appeared to be a strip of dense cheese cloth. Stunning sight.
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